PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 users are finally getting the app Xbox 360 users have been enjoying for some time, HBO Go. Yesterday HBO’s CEO Richard Plepler, was interviewed by BuzzFeed Business Editor, Peter Lauria, about the future of the company. The portion about HBO and Sony working together is particularly interesting for fans of video games and great television. A specific date has not been mentioned yet, but it was commented that HBO Go would be coming to the PlayStation 3 and soon to follow, PlayStation 4.
The prospect of all the best HBO shows on a PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 is an exciting concept, but it isn’t quite that simple. HBO Go still requires a subscription to your satellite or cable provider which unfortunately means that the future app will not work as a stand alone item. This is the same issue Xbox 360 users had troubles with. All of the great HBO shows like Game of Thrones, True Blood, and Boardwalk Empire require an HBO subscription. Once you have connection to such shows HBO Go works to bring your HBO shows to other devices, but you need to have HBO first.
Currently there is no release date for the PlayStation 3 version or the PlayStation 4 version of HBO Go. Speculation exists, but the PlayStation Vita would be perfect for such an app. If the PlayStation Vita is lucky enough to eventually receive HBO Go, it likely won’t happen until after the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 get it.
Senior vice president of business development for Sony, Phil Rosenberg was not able to comment on the release date but he did encourage that the news would be coming. “Keep checking back here for more updates on when the HBO GO app will be available to download on the PS3 and PS4.” The closest guess to a release date comes from the mention of the next season of Game of Thrones, which begins in April. HBO probably aims to have at least the PlayStation 3 version ready by then.
It is difficult to consider such a topic without taking into consideration password sharing. Since HBO Go is free with a subscription to HBO, doesn’t that mean that sharing passwords will be a problem? Not according to HBO. Plepier said that they know it goes on and they don’t view it as a problem, “[it is a] terrific marketing vehicle for the next generation of viewers,” but he doesn’t stop there, “we’re in the business of creating addicts.”
All of the best HBO shows will make it to the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 with the help of HBO Go, but, it is still required to have a subscription to HBO since HBO Go simply allows other devices to view these shows. Currently, no official release date has been announced, but HBO may be aiming to have it ready before the next season of Game of Thrones in April. Password sharing is something that HBO is aware of and is not upset about, maybe they have underestimated gamers.
By Garrett Jutte